Wednesday, October 7, 2009

IAF carries out largest rescue and relief ops in floods


Carrying out its largest ever search, rescue and relief operations, the Indian air Force has deployed all types of transport aircraft in providing relief to the flood-ravaged states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Altogether 26 aircraft including IL-76, An-32, Dornier, Avro Cheetah, Chetak, Mi-8 and Mi-17 carried out 123 sorties today and moved 846 people to safety along with dropping 110 tonnes of relief material in the affected districts, IAF spokesperson Wing Commander T K Singha said here.

IAF's Bangalore-based Training Command is the nodal agency for carrying out aerial operations there and cells have been formed in Bangalore and Hakimpet for coordinating efforts in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, he added.As many as 89 people have been rescued by IAF choppers in the last three days.

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